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West Brom vs Portsmouth, FA Cup

Posted in  Football by David on the March 12th, 2008

On the weekend of the 5/6th April 2008 West Brom face Portsmouth in an FA Cup Semi Final, the two biggest clubs left in the competition face each other for a place in the final. Portsmouth are the favourites for the competition and will not be taking West Brom lightly – after a series of stunning upsets in this years competition they are desperate to take some silverware back to the South Coast with them. West Brom on the other hand know that this is a fantastic opportunity for another upset and an opportunity to reach the FA Cup final for the first time since their 1968 cup win, this is a match not to be missed.

Travel to the Game

To help West Brom and Portsmouth fans make the most out of this big occasion, we have researched the best ways to see the game and enjoy a weekend in London. We have looked at hotels near Wembley Stadium and in central London which will help supporter make the most of their London trip. We based our research on West Brom and Portsmouth fans spending a weekend in London from Friday through to Sunday – this gives fans time to get to The Big Smoke and enjoy London sights and nightlife before or after the game before heading back to Yorkshire or Cardiff. Our research is summarised at the end of this post where we break down each option by price.

Wembley Stadium Hotels

For those who wish to stay in a Wembley Stadium hotel there are a few options, here are the nearest 3 and 4 star hotels to Wembley:

  • 3 Star Quality Hotel Wembley costs from £62.50 per person per night
  • 4 star Wembley Plaza costs from £79.50 per person per night

Both these hotels are very close to Wembley stadium and provide great access to the venue. It is worth noting however that there is very little to do around the stadium and we would advise anyone visiting London and not just the stadium, to stay in central London and commute to Wembley on matchday.

Central London Hotels

There are hundreds of hotels to choose from in Central London, giving easy access to to all the major attractions, bars, restaurants and clubs. If you are a Portsmouth fan and you arriving by train staying in a London Waterloo hotel is convenient. For West Brom fans arriving by train then it is just as easy to find hotels near Kings Cross or Euston are suitable and easy to get to straight off the train. Nightlife lovers should look at London Piccadilly hotels for bar and club action. Piccadilly is also handy as the tube runs direct from Piccadilly Circus to Wembley Central on the Bakerloo Line. Here are 3,4 and 5 hotels available in these areas:

  • 3 Star Cresfield Hotel (Kings Cross) costs from £33.75 per person per night
  • 4 Star Park Plaza County Hall (Waterloo) costs from £58.15 per person per night
  • 5 Star Sofitel St James London (Piccadilly) costs from £67.50 per person per night

There are many more hotels in Central London. From budget 1 star hostels and economy hotels through to 4 and 5 star luxury hotels, search on MATCHhotels.com to compare London and Wembley hotels.

Transport To London

If you are taking the train to London then Portsmouth fans shall arrive in Waterloo station in South London, West Brom supporters coming in from the North should arrive at Euston (possibly Kings Cross). If supporters are arriving by coach then Victoria Coach Station is Londons central coach stop and is where both sets of fans ahould arrive. All three of these destinations give easy access to Wembley through Londons Underground system.

If driving from either West Brom or Portsmouth make sure that your hotel has car parking facilities as it is nearly impossible to park in Central London due to parking restrictions. Car parking is expensive and there is also the congestion charge is £8 per day (only applicable for Friday).

Ticket Prices

Both teams are set to receive an allocation of around 30,000 tickets, these are to be priced at £55, £45, £35 and £25 and are availalble through the clubs websites.

How To Book

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Barnsley vs Cardiff City, FA Cup

Posted in  Football by David on the March 12th, 2008

On the weekend of the 5/6th April 2008 Barnsley face Cardiff City, two underdogs that have fought their way to within one game of the FA Cup final. This classic encounter embraces the true spirit of the FA Cup and means that for the first time since 2004 the final will have a team from outside the Premiership in it. Will Barnsley be able to live up to the heroics that brought them victories over Liverpool and Chelsea and continue this glory run, or will Cardiff make it to their first final since 1927 and become the pride of Wales. This is a match for all football supporters to enjoy and should not be missed.

Travel to the Game

To help Barnsley and Cardiff City fans make the most out of this big occasion, we have researched the best ways to see the game and enjoy a weekend in London. We have looked at hotels near Wembley Stadium and in central London to help fans make the most of their trip. We based our research on Barnsley and Cardiff City fans spending a weekend in London from Friday through to Sunday – this gives fans time to get to The Big Smoke and have a night out in London either before or after the game before heading back to Yorkshire or Cardiff. Our research is summarised at the end of this post where we break down each option by price.

Wembley Stadium Hotels

For thoses who wish to stay in a Wembley Stadium hotel there are a few options, here are the nearest 3 and 4 star hotels available:

  • 3 Star Quality Hotel Wembley costs from £62.50 per person per night
  • 4 star Wembley Plaza costs from £79.50 per person per night

Both of the above hotels are within a mile of Wembley stadium and provide great access to the venue. However there is very little to do around this area and we would advise that you stay in a central London hotel to make the most of your weekend as there is an endless amount of things to do and it is an easy commute to the stadium on matchday.

Central London Hotels

There are literally thousnds of hotels to choose from in Central London, giving easy access to to all the major attractions, bars, restaurants and clubs. If you are a Cardiff City fan and arriving by train into Paddington station, choose a London Paddington hotel - there are more hotels in the Paddington area than anywhere else in London. 

For Barnsley fans arriving by train into Kings Cross, choose a hotel near Kings Cross station.

If you prefer to stay right on top of the nighlife in Theatreland, London Piccadilly hotels are ideally placed although slightly more expensive than those in Paddington and Kings Cross. Piccadilly and neighbouring Leicester Square offer easy access to to the tube that runs direct from Piccadilly Circus to Wembley Central on the Bakerloo Line.

Here are 3,4 and 5 star hotels in Paddington, Kings Cross and Piccadilly:

  • 3 Star Cresfield Hotel (Kings Cross) costs from £33.75 per person per night
  • 4 Star Dylan House Hotel (Paddington) costs from £39.50 per person per night
  • 5 Star Sofitel St James London (Piccadilly) costs from £67.50 per person per night

There are many more hotels in Central London. From budget 1 star hostels and economy hotels through to 4 and 5 star luxury hotels, use MATCHhotels.com to compare hotels to find cheap accommodation.

Transport To London

Trains are the best route into London, are much faster than cars and are cheap when booked in advance. Cardiff City fans will arrive into Paddington station in West London, Barnsley supporters coming in from the North should arrive at Kings Cross (board the train at Wakefield and it will only take 2 hours!). Both stations give easy access to Wembley through Londons Underground system. If supporters are arriving by coach then Victoria Coach Station is Londons central coach stop where both sets of fans should arrive.

We would not recommend driving to London by car – car parking is hard to find and expensive. If you do decide to drive  make sure that your hotel has car parking facilitiesand beware the congestion charge which is £8 per day (only applicable for Friday).

Match Tickets

Barnsley and Cardiff City should both receive an allocation of roughly 30,000 tickets for the FA Cup Semi Final. Tickets are to priced at £55, £45, £35 and £25 and are available through club websites.

How To Book

This travel and hotel guide should help you find cheap travel and hotel deals for Barnsley v Cardiff City. Please tell your friends about the service we are providing and the cost savings. Add a comment to our blog to let us know what deal you found and how much you saved.

Euro 2008 Letzigrund Stadium Zurich

Posted in  Football by David on the March 5th, 2008

Euro 2008 Travel Guide > Letzigrund Stadion

This guide to Zurich and Letzigrund Stadion has been written for football supporters visiting Ernst Happel Stadium during Euro 2008. Discover how to make the most out of a trip to watch the European Championships whether you are visiting for the day or staying overnight in one of the many hotels in Zurich, Switzerland.

About Zurich

Zurich is the largest city in Switzerland, clocking in with almost 400,000 residents and nearly 1 million in the city limits and surrounding area. However, contrary to popular belief, it is not the capital city (Geneva is the Swiss Capital). Zurich is in the north of Switzerland and plays host to three games during Euro 2008.

Zurich is known for its quality of life. Contrary to what many think, it has a nice climate that ranges between 9 and 29 degrees Celsius (50 to 85 Fahrenheit) throughout the year. It is also considered one of the planet’s most international cities with most citizens able to speak in several tongues including German, Italian, English and French. The city has long been known for its cultural touches and its clean, efficient mannerism, however in recent years it has become an extremely popular European center thanks to the heavy emphasis on these societal aspects plus the additions of party hot spots and gastronomic delights. Visitors to Zurich should bring a pretty penny to spend on Swiss watches, chocolates and even Swiss Army Knives!

The Zurich Airport (Flughafen Zurich) is the largest and busiest in all of Switzerland.  Following along with the Swiss tradition of efficiency, the airport is a simple 10 minute ride into Zurich Hauptbahnhof (main station) by S-Bahn (rail) and nearly every hotel provides a shuttle bus to and fro for their guests.

Where to Stay in Zurich

Euro 2008 fans looking to stay in hotels near Letzigrund Stadion should look at the Crowne Plaza Zurich which is only 400 metres from the stadium. Or if you would like to stay in a central Zurich hotel then try either the Schweizerhof Zurich or the Widder Hotel botth are excellent hotels and are in Tripadvisors top 5 Zurich hotels.

About Letzigrund Stadion

The Letzigrund Stadion was originally opened on February 22nd 1925 nad has gone uder extensive remodelling ever since, the ground plays host to three games during Euro 2008, has a capacity of 30,000 and is home to FC Zurich during the Swiss club season. The Stadium was opened in it’s latest format on 30th August 2007 and the first ever football match there was the local derby between FC Zürich vs. Grasshopper Club Zürich on September 23rd 2007.

Getting to Letzigrund Stadion

The Letzigrund stadion is only two miles from Zurich’s City Centre and is easily accessable on the cities Tram system.

After the Match

If you wish to eat with a great view then try Blu for great Italian food and great views of Lake Zurich. Zurich also has many great bars and clubs to visit (over 500 in fact) and for a late night out you may wish to try the Oliver Twist Pub in central Zurich which has Karaoke nights, games nights every Sunday and other themed events.

Euro 2008 Matches at Letzigrund Stadion

Match 5 – 09/06 – Group C – Romania vs. France – 18.00

Match 13 – 13/06 – Group C – Italy vs. Romania – 18.00

Match 22 – 17/06 – Group C – France vs. Italy – 20.45

Euro 2008 St Jakob Park Basel

Posted in  Cricket,  Football by David on the March 1st, 2008

Euro 2008 Travel Guide > St Jakob Park

This guide to Basel and St Jakob Park has been written for football supporters visiting St Jakob Park during Euro 2008. Discover how to make the most out of a trip to watch the European Championships whether you are visiting for the day or staying overnight in one of the many hotels in Basel, Switzerland.

About Basel

Basel is the third largest city in Switzerland, it is in the north-west of the country on the River Rhine, the city borders both France and Germany and the city has train stations that run into both these countries (Paris is only three and half hours away on the TGV-EST line). The city is  noted for its innovative building design, energy efficient way of living and its incredible blend of international culture. It is also dually noted for its old world medieval town centre, which was recognized as a culture centre of the world in recent years.

This visionary city is also known for its place in the business world; particularly the business of pharmaceuticals and chemicals. The city has recently shifted its focus to these two industries which provide an outpour of money that is put right back into the energy efficiency and other pioneering projects.

The Euroairport Basel-Mulhouse-Freiberg is the sole bi-national airport in the entire world. It was originally in France but has stretched into neighboring Basel. Because of this overlap visitors must be cautious or they could easily end up in France. The airport hosts several big international headliners including Swiss, Air France, British Airways and Lufthansa. It is recommended that visitors take a train into town or bus transport that is provided by most hotels.

Where to Stay in Basel

There are no hotels near St Jakob Park so it is advised to stay in the city centre as it is only a short commute to the stadium, try either the St Gotthard Swiss Quality Hotel or the Ramada Plaza Basel both are well located and are in also in tripadvisors top 5 Basel hotels.

About St Jakob Park

The stadium is relatively new stadium and was opened in March 2001 with a capacity of 39,000. The stadium has a UEFA 4 star rating (the highest allowed for a stadium of it’s size). The stadium will be extended to have a capacity of 42,500 for the European Championships and shall host 6 games including two quarter finals and a semi final.

Getting to St Jakob Park

The stadium has parking spaces for 680 cars on two different floors, however if taking public transport to the stadium it can be easily reached either by bus, tram or train (the stadium has its own train station).

After the Match

There are plenty of options for you to enjoy a night out in Basel, why not try the Restaurant Stucki Bruderholz for some French food before heading to the Stadtcasino, Barfüssenplatz for a venue that has live music acts along with other bars inside, another bar that should be visited is the Campari bar which has a younger crowd and sociable feel to it.

Euro 2008 Matches at St Jakob Park

Match 1 – 07/06 – Group A – Switzerland vs. Czech Republic – 18:00
Match 10 – 11/06 – Group A – Switzerland vs. Turkey – 20:45
Match 17 – 15/06 – Group A – Switzerland vs. Portugal – 20:45
Match 25 – 19/06 – Quarter Final – Winner Group A v Runner-up Gp B – 20:45
Match 27 – 21/06 – Quarter Final – Winner Gp C v Runner-up Gp D, Quarter Final – 20:45
Match 29 – 25/06 – Semi Final – Winner of Match 25 v Winner of Match 26 – 20:45